Highlights from Sebastian Kurz's Keynote Speech on EU-Israel Relations and Jewish Life in Europe
On CNN Newsroom, Sebastian Rejak, Director of AJC’s Warsaw-based Shapiro Silverberg Central Europe Office, discussed the ongoing and AJC-supported refugee and relief efforts in Poland, documenting for viewers the size and scope of the situation and sharing how AJC’s #StandwithUkraine emergency fund has helped. Rejak showed viewers stirring images of the recent solidarity mission to the Poland-Ukraine border led by AJC CEO David Harris.
For the past 40 years, AJC CEO David Harris has been a leading advocate for strengthening Israel’s place in the community of nations, deepening ties with key countries, and advancing Israel’s quest for enduring peace and security. Tune in to hear Harris discuss why Israel is central to the Jewish people, AJC, and Jewish advocacy.
Following months of military buildup on its border with Ukraine, on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a sweeping invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbor threatening to crush the sovereignty of a nation and destroy the post-Soviet European order. What led us to this moment? How will the European Union, the United States, and the greater global community respond? AJC Europe Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, Polish Foreign Minister (2007-2014) and Member of European Parliament Radosław Sikorski, POLITICO Chief Europe Correspondent Matt Karnitschnig, and Atlantic Council Eurasia Center nonresident fellow Vladislav Davidzon shared their insights.
AJC Abu Dhabi is our first office in an Arab or majority-Muslim state. AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer Jason Isaacson writes in the Jerusalem Post what this groundbreaking office means for the future of Arab-Jewish relations.
For many years, AJC CEO David Harris was active in one of the most successful human rights campaigns in modern history, the Soviet Jewry movement, where he served as the national coordinator for Freedom Sunday. The 1987 demonstration in Washington, D.C. that drew over 250,000 participants remains the largest Jewish gathering in American history. Watch David Harris presents the Soviet Jewry campaign as a case study for effective advocacy.
By denouncing and attempting to uniquely criminalize Jewish self-determination, Amnesty International’s latest report accusing Israel of apartheid has earned a place of dishonor in the annals of antisemitism. AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal joined the Hudson Institute's Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East, for a virtual international panel discussion on the document’s objective to delegitimize the lone Jewish-majority state in the world.
In late January, American Jewish Committee (AJC) released its 2022 Survey on Antisemitism in France, the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever conducted. The troubling results, reported by both Jewish and non-Jewish respondents, underscore the persistence of prejudice targeting Jews. Watch AJC Europe Managing Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen and AJC Paris Director Anne-Sophie Sebban-Bécache, in conversation with AJC Chief Advocacy Officer Belle Yoeli for an in-depth analysis of the report’s findings and what they mean for efforts to combat antisemitism in France.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has breathed new life into centuries-old antisemitic conspiracy theories, AJC Paris released a historic poll on the state of antisemitism in France. Exceptional by its size, the survey includes the perceptions of respondents of both Muslim and Jewish faith and culture, as well as an overall sample representing the French population as a whole according to various criteria. The poll reveals widespread concern about rising antisemitism, with 74% of French Jews saying they have been victims of acts of Jew-hatred at least once in their lifetime.
In this column for Religion News Service, AJC CEO David Harris explains that the fundamental problem with the Amnesty International report is that it tries to show that Israeli Arabs, who have full citizenship and serve alongside Jewish citizens as ambassadors, doctors, and judges in the Supreme Court, are subject to what Amnesty labels “apartheid.” The brazen lies are nothing more than a false narrative that seeks to delegitimize the lone Jewish-majority state in the world.
On February 1st, Amnesty International-UK presented an unbalanced, inaccurate, and incomplete review accusing Israel of forcing the Palestinians in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories,” and in Israel itself, to live with “cruel segregation, dispossession and exclusion”. This libelous document resorts to baseless ‘apartheid’ accusations against Israel commits a double injustice: It fuels those antisemites around the world who seek to undermine the only Jewish country on earth, while simultaneously cheapening and downplaying the horrific suffering that was a result of apartheid in South Africa. AJC exposes the report’s most glaring biases and myths, and why they couldn’t be further from the truth.